World XV employs Paulse power

Snubbed winger Breyton Paulse will play for the World XV against the Springboks on 3 December.

The veteran of 62 games for South Africa featured in six internationals in 2006, three of those appearances coming off the bench. Coach Jake White has opted for youth in his selections for the UK tour, preferring the likes of JP Pietersen and Frans Steyn ahead of the 30-year-old Paulse. Akona Ndungane is the only specialist winger in the team, but lacks experience, having only made his international debut this season.

Paulse will join a host of high-profile players such as Justin Marshall (former All Black) and Michael Owen (Wales) when the group takes on the Boks in Leicester in December. A World XV team lost narrowly to South Africa in June this year (27-30) due to a match-saving kicking effort by Springbok fullback Percy Montgomery. The invitational side may feel they have more than a chance when they take on the Boks this time, as the South Africans will be coming off three big games at the end of a very long season.

Meanwhile, the likes of Kabamba Floors and Luke Watson will not be included in the World XV team. Floors was unable to accept the invitation due to international Sevens committments, and is tipped to take over the Sevens captaincy since regular skipper Jaco Pretorius will be travelling to the UK with the Springboks.

Watson told this website that he had been contacted by the World XV management, but could not travel to the UK because of pre-season training with the Stormers.